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West's Arkansas Code Annotated. Title 20. Public Health and Welfare. Subtitle 2. Health and Safety (Chapters 6 to 44). Chapter 14. Disabled Persons. Subchapter 3. Rights Generally.

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Citation: AR ST 20-14-301 to 308

Citation: A.C.A. 20-14-301 to 308


Last Checked by Web Center Staff: 10/2013

Summary:  

The following statute comprises the state's relevant assistance animal and guide dog law.



Statute in Full:

§ 20-14-301. Public policy

§ 20-14-302. Unlawful activities; penalties

§ 20-14-303. Rights and privileges

§ 20-14-304. Right to be accompanied by service animal; penalty and restitution for killing or injuring a service animal or search and rescue dog.

§ 20-14-305. Housing

§ 20-14-306. Motor vehicle operators; precautions generally

§ 20-14-307. Signs for the disabled

§ 20-14-308. Guide dog, signal dog and/or service dog access

 

 

§ 20-14-301. Public policy

(a) It is the policy of this state to accord visually handicapped, hearing impaired, and other physically handicapped persons all rights and privileges of other persons with respect to the use of public streets, highways, sidewalks, public buildings, public facilities, public carriers, public housing accommodations, public amusement and resort areas, and other public areas to which the public is invited, subject only to the limitations and conditions established by law and applicable to all persons and subject to the special limitations and conditions prescribed in this subchapter for visually handicapped, hearing impaired, and otherwise handicapped persons.

(b) It is further the policy of this state that visually handicapped, hearing impaired, or other physically handicapped persons shall be employed in state service, in the service of political subdivisions of this state, in the public schools, and in all other employment supported in whole or in part by public funds, on the same terms and conditions as persons who are not visually handicapped, hearing impaired, or otherwise handicapped, unless it is shown that the visual, hearing, or other handicap of a person prevents the performance of the work involved.

CREDIT(S)

Acts of 1973, Act 484, § 1; Acts of 1979, Act 574, § 1.


 

§ 20-14-302. Unlawful activities; penalties

Any person, firm, or corporation, or the agent of any person, firm, or corporation, who denies or interferes with the admittance to or enjoyment of public facilities and housing accommodations by a visually handicapped, hearing impaired, or other physically handicapped person or otherwise interferes with the rights of a visually handicapped, hearing impaired, or other physically handicapped person shall be guilty of a misdemeanor.

CREDIT(S)

Acts of 1973, Act 484, § 6; Acts of 1979, Act 574, § 1.


§ 20-14-303. Rights and privileges

(a) Visually handicapped, hearing impaired, and other physically handicapped persons shall have the same rights and privileges as other persons to the full use and enjoyment of:

(1) The public streets, highways, sidewalks, walkways, public buildings, public facilities, and other public places;

(2) All common carriers and other public conveyances or modes of transportation, whether by air, land, or water;

(3) All hotels, motels, lodging places, and housing accommodations;

(4) Other places of public accommodation, amusement, or resort; and

(5) All other places to which the general public is invited.

(b) The rights and privileges are subject only to the limitations and conditions established by law and applicable to all persons and subject to the special limitations and conditions prescribed in this subchapter with respect to visually handicapped, hearing impaired, and otherwise handicapped persons.

CREDIT(S)

Acts of 1973, Act 484, § 2; Acts of 1979, Act 574, § 1.


 § 20-14-304. Right to be accompanied by service animal; penalty and restitution for killing or injuring a service animal or search and rescue dog.

(a) Every visually handicapped, hearing impaired, or other physically disabled person shall have the right to be accompanied by a service animal especially trained to do work or to perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability in or upon any and all public ways, public places, and other public accommodations and housing accommodations prescribed in § 20-14-303 and shall not be required to pay any extra fee or charge for the service animal.

(b) However, any visually handicapped, hearing impaired, or other physically disabled person accompanied by a service animal in any public way, public place, public accommodation, or housing accommodation shall be liable for any damage caused to the premises or facilities by the animal.

(c) As used in this section, "search and rescue dog" means any dog:

(1) In training for or trained for the purpose of search and rescue;

(2) Owned by an independent handler or a member of a search and rescue team; and

(3) Used in conjunction with local law enforcement or emergency services organizations for the purpose of locating missing persons or evidence of arson.

(d) Any person who without just cause purposely kills or injures any service animal described in this section or any search and rescue dog is guilty of a Class D felony.

(e) Any person who kills or injures any service animal described in this section or any search and rescue dog shall make restitution to the owner of the animal.

Acts of 1973, Act 484, § 3; Acts of 1979, Act 574, § 1; Acts of 1995, Act 266, § 1; Acts of 1999, Act 571, § 2, eff. July 30, 1999.

 

§ 20-14-305. Housing

(a) Visually handicapped, hearing impaired, and other physically handicapped persons shall be entitled to full and equal access, as other members of the general public, to all housing accommodations offered for rental, lease, or compensation in this state subject only to the conditions and limitations established by law and applicable alike to other persons.

(b) The provisions of this section with respect to the rights of visually handicapped, hearing impaired, and other physically handicapped persons to equal access to housing accommodations shall not be deemed to include any accommodations in a facility which is designed and used primarily as a single family residence and a portion of which is rented, leased, or furnished for compensation.

(c) Nothing in this section shall be deemed to require any person renting, leasing, or otherwise providing housing accommodations for compensation to modify his or her accommodations in any way or to provide a higher degree of care for a visually handicapped, hearing impaired, or otherwise handicapped person than for a person who is not visually handicapped, hearing impaired, or otherwise handicapped.

CREDIT(S)

Acts of 1973, Act 484, § 5; Acts of 1979, Act 574, § 1.

 

§ 20-14-306. Motor vehicle operators; precautions generally

The driver of a vehicle approaching a visually handicapped or hearing impaired person who is carrying a cane which is predominately white or metallic in color with or without a red tip or using a guide or hearing ear dog or the driver of a vehicle approaching an otherwise handicapped person shall take all reasonable precautions to avoid injury to the visually handicapped, hearing impaired, or other physically handicapped pedestrian.

CREDIT(S)

Acts of 1973, Act 484, § 4; Acts of 1979, Act 574, § 1.

 


§ 20-14-307. Signs for the disabled

(a) State agencies which require any persons, agencies, boards, commissions, businesses, or other entities to display signs for the disabled shall require those persons, agencies, boards, commissions, businesses, or other entities to display only the blue and white international symbol of access.


(b) This section shall have no retroactive effect, applying only to signs installed subsequent to this section's taking effect.


(c) This section shall apply only if installation of a required sign can be achieved without creating a negative financial impact on any persons, agencies, boards, commissions, businesses, or other entities required to display signs for the disabled.


CREDIT(S)

Acts of 2001, Act 992, § 1, eff. Aug. 13, 2001.

 

§ 20-14-308. Guide dog, signal dog and/or service dog access

(a) A blind, physically handicapped, deaf or hard-of-hearing person and his or her guide, signal, or service dog or a dog trainer in the act of training a guide, signal, or service dog shall not be denied admittance to or refused access to the following because of the dog:

(1) Any street or highway;

(2) Any sidewalk or walkway;

(3) Any common carrier, airplane, motor vehicle, railroad train, bus, streetcar, boat, or any other public conveyance or mode of transportation;

(4) Any hotel, motel, or other place of lodging;

(5) Any public building maintained by any unit or subdivision of government;

(6) Any building to which the general public is invited;

(7) Any educational facility or college dormitory;

(8) Any restaurant or other place where food is offered for sale to the public; or

(9) Any other place of public accommodation, amusement, convenience, or resort to which the general public or any classification of persons from the general public is regularly, normally, or customarily invited within the State of Arkansas.

(b) The blind, physically handicapped, deaf or hard-of-hearing person, or dog trainer in the act of training a guide, signal, or service dog shall not be required to pay any additional charges for his or her guide, signal, or service dog but shall be liable for any damage done to the premises by the dog.

CREDIT(S)

Acts of 2003, Act 1107, § 1, eff. July 16, 2003.

 



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